Starting a men’s fitness program is easy. It is staying the course that some people find hard. Many men start-out with the best intentions full of excitement and hope for the future that lies ahead. However, for some the best intentions become just that intentions and the initial excitement can quickly turn to boredom.
It is obvious that the only way to succeed and reach your fitness goal is by staying true to your ambitions, giving-up is not an option. It is too easy!
The biggest favor you can do for yourself before embarking on a men’s fitness program is to be honest with yourself. Take a good look in mirror and be realistic about the challenge ahead, and make no-mistake about it. Getting fit is a challenge!
Once you have realistic expectations then you are better prepared to deal with times when you feel you are going-nowhere and running in sand. However, it should be said that in most cases if you exercise and workout regularly, even if it seems like you are making little outwardly progress, do not worry as your body will be getting fitter internally, and without internal fitness, you can’t look good on the outside.
The first few months of a fitness program are the hardest, progress can be slow which often causes confidence to erode, and the initial zest and hope that you had can turn to doubt and maybe even despair but if you stick to your guns, you will be successful.
In the initial phases of your workout schedule, there are a few things you can do, which will help keep you inspired and focused.
We all have different motivating factors for becoming fit, for some it is the allure of a ripped physique, for others it can be an emotional reason such as the birth of child, and for others it can be health reasons.
Whatever the reason, you need to keep it firmly in the front of your head.
Take some pictures and get on the scales!
Before beginning a men’s fitness program take some pictures of yourself, weight yourself, and gets some measurements. This is a great way to keep yourself motivated, you might not like the thoughts of confronting the ugly truth but it will put fire in your belly.
At times when you feel you are going nowhere or your motivation is waning then a quick look at the before photos and measurements will re-ignite your drive.
Visualization is a technique used by many top athletes in the world to help improve performance but it can also be used to keep you motivated.
When working-out; be it running on a tread mill or pushing weights, visualize the body and physique that you are working towards in your mind’s eye this will help keep you inspired and focused on your end-goal.
Get in the mood!
When you work out your body and mind should be on the same page, working-out if you are bored is not going to provide you with any real benefits.
You should not view workout sessions as a chore, or something that you have to do but if giving the choice you would avoid like the plague.
If you are not enthusiastic about having to workout then you need to turn that frown upside down. Sorry to be so cheesy, but it is true! A positive mental attitude towards fitness and working-out is a vital component of a successful men’s fitness program.
No one said it was easy!
No one ever said that getting fit was easy but half the fun is in the challenge. The worst thing you can do when starting-out is to give-in before you even get-out of the blocks.
Give yourself time it will not happen overnight but with a little perseverance you will get there.